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Leader to Leader: Enduring Insights on Leadership from the Drucker Foundation's Award Winning Journal Hardcover – February 19, 1999

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"Opens the floodgate for what is on the minds of managers and those in the thick of the work." -Rocky Mountain News

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James E. Austin Charlotte Beers Warren Bennis Leonard Berry Jim Collins Stephen R. Covey Max De Pree Peter F. Drucker Esther Dyson John W. Gardner Marshall Goldsmith Doris Kearns Goodwin J. Richard Hackman Gary Hamel Charles Handy Sally Helgesen Regina Herzlinger Frances Hesselbein Linda A. Hill Rosabeth Moss Kanter Jon R. Katzenbach Steven KerrHerb Kelleher Kevin Kelly John P. Kotter James M. Kouzes David A. Nadler Mark B. Nadler Bob Nelson Kenichi Ohmae Jeffrey Pfeffer Jim Scholes Peter M. Senge Douglas K. Smith Noel Tichy Margaret Wheatley Ann Winblad
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  • Series: J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation (Book 22)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787947261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787947262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein's legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, as well as her service as "a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity." Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

From 2009-2011, Mrs. Hesselbein served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She is the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.

Also in 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy's aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world.

Mrs. Hesselbein is the recipient of twenty-two honorary doctoral degrees. She is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty- nine languages. Mrs. Hesselbein has traveled to sixty-eight countries representing the United States. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership, My Life in Leadership, and More Hesselbein on Leadership. Recently, Hesselbein published an enhanced edition of Peter Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today's Leaders. You can follow Mrs. Hesselbein on twitter at www.twitter.com/ToServeIsToLive.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Turgay BUGDACIGIL on May 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"People in both in this country and around the world have an enormous hunger for ideas; that's why three years ago the Drucker Foundation launched 'Leader to Leader', a journal of ideas by leaders for leaders."Frances Hesselbein writes, "This hunger among millions of working executives demonstrates their concern for the future and a commitment to make a difference. The incisive thinkers and remarkable leaders who have contributed to the journal and to this book open doors, spark ideas, raise signal flags, and help satisfy that universal hunger."
In this context, I summarized partially only four of the thirty-seven essays written by talented thinkers as follows:
I. Peter F. Drucker writes: "The three people from whom I learned the most in my work were all very different. The first two were exceptionally demanding; the third was exceptionally brillant. All three taught me a lot...Five lessons I learned from those remarkable men still apply today:
1. Treat people differently, based on their strengths.
2. Set high standards, but give people the freedom and responsibility to do their job.
3. Performance review must be honest, exacting, and an integral part of the job.
4. People learn the most when teaching others.
5. Effective leaders earn respect-but they don't need to be liked.
II. Doris Kearns Goodwin lists ten lessons from the stories of Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt for leaders of today's organizations.
1. Timing is (almost) everything.
2. Anything is possible if you share the glory.
3. Trust, once broken, is seldom restored.
4. Leadership is about building connections.
5. Leaders learn from their mistakes.
6. Confidence-not just in oneself-counts.
7.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hesselbein and Cohen have assembled and brilliantly edited "enduring insights on leadership" from the Drucker Foundation's award-winning journal. What a superb selection of essays they offer! The Introduction by Hesselbein (all by itself) is well worth the cost of the book. As for the 37 individual essays, they are organized within seven Parts:
I. On Leaders and Leadership (eg Peter Drucker, Max DePree, and Herb Kelleher)
II. Leading Innovation and Transformation (eg Peter M. Senge, John P. Kotter, and Douglas K. Smith)
III. Leadership in the New Information Economy (eg Esther Dyson, Margaret Wheatley, and Kevin Kelly)
IV. Competitive Strategy in a Global Economy (eg Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ann Winblad, and Keniche Ohmae)
V. Leading for High Performance (eg Steven R. Covey, Jim Collins, and Noel Tichy)
VI. Building Great Teams (eg Warren Bennis, Jon R. Katzenbach, and J. Richard Hackman)
VII. Leadership Across the Sectors (eg John W. Gardner, Regina Hetzlinger, and James E. Austin)
I know of no other single volume in which so many great business thinkers are represented by so many of their landmark essays. The editors are to be commended for the selections; also for the structure within which those selections are organized. This is "must reading" for leaders and, especially, for whose who aspire to be leaders.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Turgay BUGDACIGIL on May 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"People both in this country and around the world also have an enormous hunger for ideas; that's why three years ago the Drucker Foundation launched 'Leader to Leader', a journal of ideas by leaders for leaders."Frances Hesselbein writes, "this hunger among millions of working executives demonstrates their concern for the future and a commitment to make a difference. The incisive thinkers and remarkable leaders who have contributed to the journal and to this book open doors, spark ideas, raise signal flags, and help satisfy that universal hunger."
In this context, I partially summarized only five of the thirty-seven essays written by thirty-seven talented thinkers.
I. Peter F. Drucker writes: "the three people from whom I learned the most in my work were all very different. The first two were exceptionally demanding; the third was exceptionally brillant. All three taught me a lot...Five lessons I learned from those remarkable men still apply today:
1. Treat people differently, based on their strengths.
2. Set high standards, but give people the freedom and responsibility to do their job.
3. Performance review must be honest, exacting, and an integral part of the job.
4. People learn the most when teaching others.
5. Effective leaders earn respect-but they don't need to be liked.
II. Doris Kearns Goodwin lists ten lessons from the stories of Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt for leaders of today's organizations:
1. Timing is (almost) everything.
2. Anything is possible if you share the glory.
3. Trust, once broken, is seldom restored.
4. Leadership is about building connections.
5. Leaders learn from their mistakes.
6. Confidence-not just in oneself-counts.
7.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read many of these chapters in their web form on the Drucker Foundation site. Now everyone can use their Reader's Guide and enjoy 37 chapters by Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis, Frances Hesselbein, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and others.
These chapters explore leadership, innovation, and leading transition. I loved the chapter by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the interview with Max De Pree.
I'm nominating this book for my leadership book club.
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